Access to Elected Office Fund

Grants are available to disabled people in the UK who are seeking to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election.

Individual grants of between £250 and £40,000 are available.

There is a limit of £40,000 for each person applying in every calendar year. Applicants may submit more than one application in a calendar year, but they must not exceed £40,000 in total.

Applicants must submit a separate application for each type of election they wish to stand for (or be considered for selection for) as there are different expenses rules for different types of election.

For Scotland, in 2017, awards will be determined entirely based on individual circumstances. Below are some examples of support where the fund could help with costs for various impairments:

  • Communication support such as BSL interpreters for a Deaf candidate so they can attend take part in meetings and campaigning.
  • Personal assistants to assist a candidate with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome during their campaign activities.
  • Awareness training for branch members where a candidate has Aspergers Syndrome.
  • Taxi fares for a candidate with a mobility impairment so that they can take part in meetings and campaigning.
  • Equipment or software to assist a candidate who has dyslexia to assist aspects of their campaign where writing is required.